from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A flag used in or adapted for signaling; especially, one of a set of flags of different colors, shapes, and markings, which, singly or in various combinations, have different significations, intelligible either in one language or service, or in all languages. See code of signals, under signal.


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  • Reenactments of a recruitment drive and enlistment ceremony, with unit drills and signal-flag and weapons demonstrations.

    Fauquier County community calendar, April 25-May 2, 2010

  • This betokened the approach of Hazen's division, which had been anxiously expected, and soon thereafter the signal-officer discovered about three miles above the fort a signal-flag, with which he conversed, and found it to belong to General Hazen, who was preparing to assault the fort, and wanted to know if I were there.

    Memoirs of the Union's Three Great Civil War Generals

  • For a time I attributed this result to the effect of General Cog's march, but later in the afternoon the signal-flag announced the welcome tidings that the attack had been fairly repulsed, but that General Corse was wounded.

    Memoirs of the Union's Three Great Civil War Generals

  • And away, too, Darby and Joan raced after it, as quickly as they could thread their way through the trees, following where in front the rabbit led the way, its stumpy whitish tail turned up like a beckoning signal-flag.

    Two Little Travellers A Story for Girls

  • While the heroic men at Altoona were rapidly falling but still fighting, with chances of successful resistance diminishing as each dreadful moment passed, the signal-flag from a spur of Kennesaw

    Reminiscences of the Civil War

  • Thus all of its names seem to note the wonderful banner that serves the animal in turn as sun-shade, signal-flag, coverlet, and parachute.

    Wild Animals at Home

  • A lofty signal-flag, not carried about, but stationary.

    Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • Telling Jesse to watch the latter, he once more ascended to the top of the sea-wall, and here erected his signal-flag, piling up a heap of stones at the foot of the staff.

    The Young Alaskans

  • If one of the colored fishermen, whose sole occupation was to catch fish for the table at the Great House, as they called their master's residence, succedeed in catching a sheep's-head, his orders were to run up a signal-flag.

    Memorials of a southern planter,

  • "Then give it to me, and I will blow it," said the Englishman, with admirable patience, and, taking the shepherd's crook and horn, he gave the man his red shawl to use as a signal-flag.

    Dr. Dumany's Wife


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